May 21, 2014; Berea, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon (12) during organized team activities at Cleveland Browns practice facility. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Takeaways: Josh Gordon Has To Go


A significant string of NFL new fell over the past week.  What are some thing to takeaway from the action?

Cleveland Browns and league need to take the money away from Gordon

Josh Gordon came into the NFL with problems.  The Cleveland Browns took a chance on him because his talent was off the charts.  For a time it seemed the gamble was paying off as he led the league in receiving last year.  However, it’s become more and more painfully obvious that the 23-year old cannot handle the spotlight and pressure cooker of pro sports success.  He is clearly immature, irresponsible and some would say idiotic.

How else does one explain how he gets arrested for DWI after he fails another drug test that could get him suspended for an entire season?  Forget the prospects of him not playing for Cleveland anymore.  It’s time the league did the right thing and take the money away by kicking him out altogether.  Maybe then he will learn some humility and grow up.

Robert Griffin III is a front runner for Comeback Player of the Year

His 2013 was forgettable in all facets but Robert Griffin III has vowed he would be back this NFL season and all signs hint at his promise being fulfilled.  Coaches report from practice that the Washington Redskins quarterback looks as fast as he was in his rookie season.  He has a new coaching staff and a fresh start in a system that will cater to his protection.  More than that he will have a substantially upgraded arsenal thanks to the return of tight end Jordan Reed and the arrival of free agent DeSean Jackson.  If he wasn’t before, RGIII is most certainly a favorite for Comeback Player of the Year now.

Detroit Lions have talent but not championship DNA

James Ihedigbo signed with the Detroit Lions to bolster their safety position.  Upon seeing the team on the practice field, he wasn’t shy about saying that the from top to bottom the Lions have what he calls the “championship DNA.”  One can understand his feelings when looking around the field and seeing Calvin Johnson, Ndamukong Suh, Nick Fairley, Reggie Bush and Matthew Stafford.

However, it’s also crucial to note that there is a considerable difference between a championship team and a talented team.  Championship teams find ways to win.  Talented teams find ways to lose.  Based on their performance last season, Detroit is clearly the latter.  Will a new coaching staff change that.  If multiple decades of history are any indication, there is reason for pessimism.

Baltimore Ravens cannot hide Ray Rice fiasco

Off-season practices are a great time to get updates on the progress of NFL rookies or players returning from injury.  So it was interesting when word came out of the Baltimore Ravens camp that Ray Rice was looking good and back to his old self on the field.  From a fan point of view that is great news considering what Rice has meant to the offense for years.  At the same time, an objective observer would think the Ravens are ever so subtly trying to move people past the fact that Rice assaulted his girlfriend.  Nobody likes bad press after all.  It’s a distraction.  Not that it matters.  Try as Baltimore might, they won’t be able to hide from Rice’s ugly off-season.

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  • trinity

    The stupidity of Josh Gordon is astounding. I seriously couldn’t believe he got busted again. All that talent wasted because he can’t stay clean. When he’s 30, he’ll be broke and begging for a shot on a roster I bet. It’s his own damn fault.

    • Erik Lambert

      Absolutely, 100% agree.

  • Letterman007

    If I were the Browns, I’d hang on to him and hope! They have nothing to loose by keeping him as he is only do a work out bonus and no other money due him except salary!! Granted it will hurt with the suspension and the no contact part of it as they can’t monitor him are really help him at all. But with nothing to loose, why do anything as he may eventually learn to grow up and behave!

    • Erik Lambert

      There may be no harm in it but it sends a bad message about overlooking a guy who constantly hurts the organization. I understand the idea of second chances, but there has to come a time where ethics and common sense should override talent. Gordon is nearing that threshold.

      • Letterman007

        Your right, he is close to hanging himself, but I’d hate to give up on him and have him straighten out and play with someone else! He was barely over the range to be legally drunk, not slobber nocken drunk! I’m more disappointed with who bailed him out!! Doesn’t say much for who he hangs with!! That is what needs to change!!

  • Herman Moore

    The NFL needs to rethink their substance abuse policy. Tens of millions of people smoke weed, it’s not a performance enhancer, and it doesn’t disrupt it’s user’s lives. It’s legal for medical use in half the country, and legal recreationally in two states, with more sure to follow. Yet the league insists on these long suspensions that punish the teams, their fans, and the athlete far out of proportion to the offense committed. No other sports league has such draconian policies. It simply makes no sense.